Trail reopened after Shawnee National Forest fire contained

News conference regarding fire at U.S. Forest Service, Murphysboro (Source: Rochelle Steffen, KFVS)
News conference regarding fire at U.S. Forest Service, Murphysboro (Source: Rochelle Steffen, KFVS)
News conference regarding fire at U.S. Forest Service, Murphysboro (Source: Rochelle Steffen, KFVS)
News conference regarding fire at U.S. Forest Service, Murphysboro (Source: Rochelle Steffen, KFVS)

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Shawnee National Forest says The Little Grand Canyon Trail is open to the public after a nearly 18-acre fire that began Sunday in the area was contained.

They say visitors should note, however, that smoke is still visible and Shawnee National Forest personnel will continue to monitor the area.

According to Pat York, public information officer with the Shawnee National Forest, investigators said the fire is "human-caused."

They're not sure if it was intentional or accidental.

The fire is near the Little Grand Canyon area, about a mile down the trail.

Firefighters were on the scene for most of the day Sunday.

York says crews were unable to work overnight due to the potential hazard of being in heavily wooded areas in the dark.

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